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Saturday, April 25, 2020

cr_julianSirach 10:19-30: Possibilities

Again from Julian of Norwich: “God intends our prayer and trust to be magnanimous.  If we do not trust as much as we pray, we do not honor God fully, and we place obstacles in our path.  This happens because we do not realize that God himself is in the ground of our praying.  Our very ability to pray is a gift of his loving grace.  We cannot ask for mercy and grace unless they have first been extended to us.  Sometimes, it seems after praying a long time that we have received no answer.  We should not let this disturb us.  God simply wishes us to wait for a more suitable time, or for more grace, or for a better gift.  Furthermore, just as we experience God drawing us to him, so should we pray that we will be drawn toward him.  It is not sufficient to do one without the other.  If we pray, but do not see that God is at work, we become dejected and downcast and so do him no honor.  And if after we see him at work, but do not pray, we do less than our duty.  But to see that he works, and to pray that he works, gives God worship and benefits us.  When we pray thus, we will think we have done nothing.  But if we do what we can, seeking mercy and grace, we shall discover in him all that is deficient in us”.

Today’s Noontime calls us to think about how we honor and glorify God in our lives, and how we honor and glorify one another.  Julian of Norwich reminds us that all will be well when all rests in God and when we take everything to God in prayer; for it is out of this meditation and prayer that our actions rise.  Today’s reading and the words from Julian of Norwich above ask that we go a step beyond our normal comfortable zone of thinking and doing. They ask us to risk, to trust, to believe, to hope and to love as Jesus loves.  They ask us to dream and imagine all the possibilities which are open to us . . . because once we enter into union with God all things are possible. Once we become meek as Jesus is meek, all things are possible.  Once we bring our weariness and brokenness to God all things are possible . . . and all will be well.

Tomorrow, healing . . .


First written on August 10, 2009.  Revised and posted today. 

Kirvan, John. All Will Be Well: Julian of Norwich. 2008. Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 2005. Print.

For more information about Julian of Norwich, click on the image above or go to the following links: http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/the-constant-seeker-julian-of-norwich or http://aquariumofvulcan.blogspot.com/2012/05/julian-of-norwich.html or  http://campusministry.georgetown.edu/119652.html

To reflect on how God’s promises are always greater than our hopes, go to: http://www.discerninghearts.com/?p=1714

 

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